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We’re always looking for ways to make your book group a smashing success. In that spirit, we offer consultations, presentations, and bulk ordering to take your club to the next level. Click here to read more >>

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Brazos is happy to place bulk orders for your business or organization! We offer considerable discounts on bulk orders paid in advance. Email or come into the shop for an estimate and more information. Please note that bulk orders placed with our publishers can take up to three weeks to arrive.

We can attend your event and sell books for presenting authors and other programs. Contact with the date, book(s) required, event location and other details. This service is free but dates must be booked at least thirty days in advance.


Meet Mary, Publicity/Marketing Manager

As Brazos’s publicity and marketing manager, I’m always looking for creative ways to ensure that Brazos remains an integral part of the Houston arts community, be it through book signings, partnerships, school book fairs, or special events. It has become my passion to make Brazos a place that can cater to and support the needs and talents of this vibrant, diverse metropolis.

My reading habits are frenetic and unaccountable, like the best of puppies, but if pressed I'll say that I gravitate towards memoir, essays, and either literary or humorous fiction. I also often binge on young adult and children’s literature for a change of pace. This year, along with my co-worker and dear friend Mark Haber, I am focusing on reading and reviewing literature in translation.

You can follow me @schmary on Twitter.

Mary's Book recommendations
Mary's Kids Book recommendations

Meet Keaton, Book Buyer

Let me tell you the story of how I fell in love with books…

One of my earliest memories is staring up at my parents’ floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and wondering how long it would take me to read everything they held. It was a mountain made of paper to my young eyes and mind. When my mom wasn’t looking, I’d expressly disobey her, scaling the couch and bringing down as many volumes as I could get my greedy little hands on. Even though I didn’t comprehend even half of what I flipped through, I’d pore over those pages for hours, basking in the scent of ink and paper and the seemingly secret knowledge contained within the words. The only thing I knew for sure at the time was that books were important, powerful, even dangerous--sentiments I still hold among the highest truths I’ve ever learned. It’s strange to think now, so many years later, exactly how profound this early experience was for me. As a writer, a student of literature and a bookseller, I can retrace the entire course of my life back to those first days when I laid sprawled across our living room floor surrounded by towers of books.

The other driving force behind my love of books was my late grandmother. A first generation Greek American, my Yia Yia’s family immigrated from Lesbos in the early twentieth century. Throughout my childhood, she constantly regaled me with dramatic recounts of the Greek myths--THE ODYSSEY and the LABORS OF HERACLES were (and still are) my favorites. As I got older, the myths stayed with me and more than anything sparked my interest in literary studies. I knew they were just stories, but what truly intrigued me was knowing those stories served to shape an entire civilization’s understanding of the world. In essence, for the ancient Greeks (and for many others as well), stories made the world. The power of that realization has never left me.

Now, here at Brazos, I strive everyday to share this love with every one of you--our valued customers and friends. As buyer, I intend to approach the curation of this vaunted bookstore with the utmost respect for you and the great history of literary Houston. What Karl Kilian created forty years ago when he opened Brazos has made our community richer and more coherent. It is a pleasure and an honor to be part of the team guiding this literary adventure into the next forty years and beyond. I promise to do my best to bring you the very best that the printed word has to offer. Whether fiction or nonfiction, it is our duty to help you find that next great book that just might change your life. Thank you all for joining us on this journey. We’re glad to have you. Take care and happy reading!


Keaton's book recommendations
Keaton's Kids Book recommendations

Meet Jeremy, General Manager

Jeremy Ellis has worked in independent bookstores across Texas since 1994. He began as a bookseller for the sprawling Dallas independent, Taylors Books, before moving to the much smaller community focused, Trudy’s Fireside Books in Tyler, Texas. He went on to become Event Coordinator and then Marketing Director for BookPeople in Austin. More recently, he worked in Dallas at Legacy Books and a Real Bookstore, developing new store programs, web initiatives, and marketing materials. He took over leadership at Houston’s famed Brazos Bookstore in September of 2011.

Follow Jeremy on Twitter @jeremyellis

Jeremy's book recommendations
Jeremy's kids book recommendations

The Brazos Book Club

Brazos Bookstore store employee Mark Haber leads a freestyle conversation about a wide variety of fiction. No need to worry if you haven't read this month's book. All are welcome!

Click below to purchase a copy of this month's book. 

Insignificance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781552454343
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coach House Books - September 7th, 2021


January 15 at 2pm. Register here

We will be joined by author James Clammer

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Riots I Have Known Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501197314
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 17th, 2020


Ramifications Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566895965
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - October 13th, 2020

The Clerk Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948830256
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Open Letter - September 29th, 2020

Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566895286
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Coffee House Press - October 9th, 2018

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A Certain Hunger Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951213145
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Unnamed Press - December 8th, 2020

Those Who Knew: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525560586
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - November 5th, 2019

Zorrie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635575361
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 9th, 2021

Nancy Cover Image
By Bruno Lloret, Ellen Jones (Translator)
ISBN: 9781949641127
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Lines Press - April 13th, 2021

How to Order the Universe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951142308
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - February 16th, 2021

A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393867381
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 16th, 2021

The Hare Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937512972
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Dollar Radio - January 26th, 2021



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2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Brazos Bookstore is located on Bissonnet between Kirby and Greenbriar/Shepherd.

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Store Hours

11am–8pm Monday through Saturday
12pm–6pm Sunday

Weeknight events begin at 7PM. The store remains open until the end of each event.

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Meet Augusta, Inventory Manager

I prefer to read literary fiction that has a story that I can get lost in.  I also enjoy reading books on neuroscience and the workings of the brain.  I gravitate towards books with good design and bright color -- I do judge a book by its cover.  When I get in a fiction rut, I like to read creative nonfiction that can transport me to another world.

Augusta's Book recommendations
Augusta's Kids Book recommendations

Our Story

In 1974, Karl Kilian opened Brazos Bookstore to encourage the growth and development of the emerging Houston literary scene with a clear focus on personalized service, community engagement and passionate curation. Larry McMurtry, Edward Albee, and Donald Barthelme were all regular customers during their times in Houston. To this day, you can shop alongside local literary heavyweights searching for their next favorite book.

As a hub for the most creative, intelligent and engaged readers in Houston, we offer programs and curate our shelves to inspire and expand the horizons of our curious readers. We aim to connect all readers with the best contemporary and classic literature, non-fiction, art and architecture monographs, and books for children. Readers engage with emerging and established authors in person through our interactive–and free–book signing events.

Brazos Bookstore supports writers and readers through long partnerships with Inprint!, the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, the Academy of American Poets, and the Annual Poet and Writer’s Ball. We additionally collaborate with many of Houston’s premier cultural organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, Rice University and the Baker Institute, the Houston Public Library, and the Asia Society, to produce and promote their literary events.

Brazos Bookstore continues to be locally owned by a group of twenty-seven Houstonians who came together and purchased the bookstore when Kilian announced his retirement in 2006. Today, the shop is managed by Jeremy Ellis. You can read about the rest of our staff here.

We are committed to providing a level of service and expertise that is second to none. Let us know how we can serve you.


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Meet the Staff of Brazos Bookstore

What sets Brazos Bookstore apart is our team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic booksellers. No matter what you're in search of when you walk into our store, someone on staff is sure to have the perfect suggestion for you! Not sure which bookseller will be the most helpful in your next quest for biblio-bliss? Click below to learn our individual tastes and interests.